A one day workshop organized by the Socio Economic Empowerment of Persons with Disability (SEEPD) Program on fraud prevention has ended at the Baptist center Nkwen in Bamenda . The objective of the workshop which took place at the DHS Hall on November 22 2017 was to drilled SEEPD Program staff on the CBM Ausaid guideline on fraud prevention.
Speaking at the opening of the workshop, the SEEPD Program Manager Mr Awa Jacques Chirac noted that fraud and corruptions are all characteristic of organizations. He noted that the workshop is a request from CBM Ausaid, funding partner of SEEPD Program to drill partners on how to use CBM’s funds effectively.
Drilling the participants, the main facilitator Mrs Ndong Irene who had received the training in Yaounde from the CBM team said fraud is a specific type of corruption like misusing money, changing documents, writing false signatures wrong use of project assess and false information In different groups participants made up of Doctors who doubles as project heads from Mbingo and Banso Baptist Hospitals, Physiotherapy staff, SEEPD partners and SEEPD staff identified the common examples of fraud in their different areas of work . Presentations from the different groups pointed to the fact that there is misuse of office time for personal use, use of project assets sometimes for personal use and sometimes discrimination in services delivery amongst others.
In other to prevent fraud, Mrs Ndong Irene noted that CBM requires that beneficiaries be involved in planning and budgeting, recruitment should be fair and based on merit, whistle blowing should be promoted, measures be put in place to monitor the effective use of funds amongst others. She said CBM and Department of Fraud and Anti-Terrorism have zero tolerance approach to all fraud and corruption
Responding to the group presentations, the Regional Delegate of MINPROF a partner to the SEEPD Program said that everyone is guilty of fraud in one way or the other. He appreciated the SEEPD Program for the initiative and said they will continue to improve on management. Other participants added their voices to that of the Delegate to pledge effective use of CBM funds